Virginia Werling honored as Outstanding Alumni

October 7, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE- The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will honor outstanding alumni at an awards ceremony during homecoming week. The College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture will hold a banquet for its distinguished alumni at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, in the Platteville Room in the Pioneer Student Center.

Virginia Werling will be one of the alumni recognized for this great honor.

Werling grew up on a farm near Fort Atkinson raising beef cattle and cash crops. In 1981, she came to UWP where she completed a degree in crop and soil science and a minor in chemistry.

Werling was a member of the crop judging team at UWP. Her and fellow teammates often shared many laughs while traveling to competitions and short-sheeting the advisor's bed in honor of winning the national contest.

"I made life-long friends, received a great education and had a lot of fun," Werling said.

After receiving her master's degree in weed science in 1987, Werling was hired as an agronomist by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C. in 1989, where she remains today. At the agency, she is involved in a wide range of duties, from explaining the difference between horseweed and horsetail weed to meeting with regulatory counterparts from Canada to harmonize registration requirements for pesticides to reduce trade barriers between the United States and Canada.

In her free time Werling enjoys going to the bookstore with friends, playing the Celtic harp, fixing up her house or going hiking.

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